Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thank You For Being a Friend

Words cannot begin to express how grateful, humbled, and thankful I am to have such wonderful friends, both in the blogging world and in my every day life!

To know that you all would be there to leave me words of encouragement (some of you who've never left a comment on a blog ever before...thank you Helen!) during this tough time is really not surprising to me.  

Though we may live far away from one another, speak different languages, or the fact that most of us have never met really becomes irrelevant, it's the compassion and kindness that we all share that allows us to reach out to perfect strangers across the miles.  And for that I am truly inspired and grateful more than you will ever know!

As each new day dawns and the dew kisses the green grass (ok weeds) Ms. M seems to get a little stronger, and seeing her make strides each day brings me great joy!

When I woke up this morning the sky looked like a Monet painting and that made me smile!

Mr. Tide is halfway around the world at the moment for his work so yesterday my son Bugs went with me to the funeral of my friend's father.  Funerals are always solemn occasions, but there was great strength and happy memories amidst the sadness.  And there was the knowledge of a life well lived and one devoted to the service of others.

I saw many old friends, some I hadn't seen for years, and we were all reminded that we shouldn't wait for a funeral or a wedding to reconnect.  Our pasts are all intertwined and we share a history that makes us lifelong friends, no matter the time or distance, and that in and of itself is comforting.

Last night I watched a movie with my daughter and reflected on this past week and all of the highs and lows it has brought with it.  When the tally was made there were more highs than lows, joy found in spite of sadness, and more friends than I had ever really realized.  Can any one of us really ask for more than that?!

So to all of you who have taken the time to let me know that you care...thank you for being a friend!


  1. God Bless. I hope each day brings more happy than sad and more good than bad. Hugs, Marty

  2. Beautiful post Kat. I am again sorry for your loss, but I am glad that you were able to find a bit of joy amongst the sorrow. Each day is a new chance to live life and hopefully we all can see some joy no matter what that day brings. Hugs to you.

  3. The blogosphere is well known for this caring and kindness. I see it all the time. Always amazes me and makes me proud to be part of such a wonderful community. Your photos are lovely and so serene.

  4. This is the wonderful part of blogging. Making new friends through cyberspace. I am glad you reconnected with some old friends and good to hear Mrs. M is getting better.

  5. Really inspired by the atticmag post. I love your kitchen and when I get ready to do mine I will be asking you lots of advice!

  6. I'm glad to hear that Ms M is on the mend.
    I too am grateful for all the amazing friends I've made through blogging and for complete strangers to take time out of their day to read my blog and leave me lovely comments. I consider you all friends even though I haven't met you (yet!).
    ~Sam x

  7. Beautiful photos to go with this post - a lovely little respite, reading this.
    I'm glad that your friend Ms M is recovering day by day. It seems to me that you must be a very good friend, yourself.
    How nice that your son could go to the funeral with you. It's hard to go alone, even though you know you will see friends there. It's good to have a hand to squeeze while you're in the pew.

  8. Bloggers are such amazing people. They are always there for us when we need them the most.

    I'm so glad that Ms. M is doing better.

    Blessings dear friend.


  9. Kat what a beautiful post. Even though a lot of us on internet friends, we all seem to get a bond through sharing each of our lives on a daily basis. One day at a time Sweetie and sending you a big big hug!! xo ~ Laura

  10. And thank you too dear Kat for being a friend. Waking up to a sky that looks like a Monet painting is always a joyful sight to beyond. Here's wishing you continued moments of joy throughout the upcoming week and beyond! Hugs, ~Lili

  11. Thank goodness for Bugs and for all of the wonderful bloggers here in Bloggyland. Love them all!


  12. Kat, I must have missed a few posts. So sorry to hear bout all the awful things going on. How sweet of Bugs to go with you to the funeral.

    Hugs to you today.


  13. Kat, you're one of those wonderful people who care, that's why you are cared about so much by others.

    Have a peaceful weekend, so sorry to hear of your loss. - K

  14. Kat, You are a very special lady and we can all see this through your blog. It should be no surprise that you have so many people that care about you in this blogging world. I am glad Ms. M is doing better. Take care of yourself.
    Hugs, Sherry

  15. Kat,
    I'm so happy to hear that Ms.M is getting better:) I so agree with you about blogging friends...they are wonderful people and I'm so happy to have them as my friends...take care and I hope you have a great week!


  16. Hi Kat~ it sounds like it has been an emotional week for you with ups and downs. I am glad your son could accompany you to the funeral and that you were able to take comfort in old friends...and I am so glad to hear Ms. M is doing better!

  17. Thinking of you. You are such a beautiful giving person. Your friend is so lucky to have you by her side. A-M xx

  18. Beautiful, life affirming post Kat. Thanks for reminding me what is important. Our posts today our similar. You said it so much better.
    hugs ♥ olive

  19. Hi Kat,
    Came by to "catch up." Sorry to hear about what's going on in your life now. I hope Ms. M is doing better. Sorry about your loss, too. How sweet of your son to attend the funeral with you. I'll check back later to see how you are doing. Take care, you're in my thoughts.

  20. So very true.
    My blogging friends have often shown me more love and compassion than those in my "real" life during difficult times. I'm so thankful that they have done the same for you.

    Adding my prayers along...


  21. So glad to hear that Ms.M is gaining strength. You are a very good friend so it does not surprise me at all that bloggers have reached out to you with love and compassion. You are a very dear person. Sending you and Ms.M good thoughts.

  22. Kat, I hope you are feeling happier soon. Sometimes, we go through sad times and afterward it makes us realize how fortunate we really are. My Mr. B. is also far, far away...Moldova(eastern Europe) of all places, for work. He comes home tomorrow and not a moment too soon, things are crazy just now! Wishing your mister a safe journey home...

  23. Kat-I was so stunned at all of the messages, cards and prayers that I recently got from my blog friends (you being one of them). It truly is amazing this community of strangers, who pull together when one of their own needs care and support. I'm glad things are going better.


  24. Oh Kat you made me tear up! HUGS to you my blogging friend! Glad Ms. M is getting stronger! You take care!


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